Lower Saxony Research Network Design of Environments for Ageing

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Project Structure

The research network has become established consciously interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. Scientists from geriatrics, gerontology, information technology, engineering technology, medical science, nursing science and rehabilitation educational theory are working together nationally and university-covering. GAL is structured in a way, that in parallel to an empiric survey of requirements and resources, basic technical work can be done with the help of exemplary scenarios. Thus, at the end of the project term there will not only be a single concrete technical solution but also further additions and modifications foreseeable, which are established empirically and which can lead the continuative design of information technology and communication technology for promoting and sustaining quality of life, health and self-sufficiency in the second half of life:

  • On the technical side a basic infrastructure is going to be elaborated, which allows for integrating the different demands on a single platform. This system will be modular extensible and be prepared for easy retrofitting in private households. Furthermore, it will allow for simplified adaption to changing demands, it will not implicate complex installation and maintenance work, it will enable situation-aware usability by means of speech communication and it will be capable of being integrated in broad telematics infrastructures. Exemplary solutions are going to be elaborated in four concrete application areas, which cover the basic requirements of the focussed technical infrastructure as well as the detailed requirements for sustaining self-sufficiency and quality of life in the second half of life.

  • On the social-scientific side the research networks aims a) to collect the social and psychological requirements and consequences, the prospects and problems of the application of technologies in environments for aging with regard to the future elderly people and their specific demands and resources as well as with regard to (potential) support persons by means of a representative survey, b) to specify the barriers and the scope for design of environments for ageing in a field-theoretical approach with the help of expert interviews and systematic literature analysis and thereby to examine the possibilities of technical support for carers as well as person groups, that can't be addressed by representative surveys or that can only be addressed with high effort (e.g., very old people, long term care patients, elderly people with disabilities, elderly migrants, person groups in rehabilitation measures and nursing homes), and c) to instruct, to accompany and to evaluate the exemplary technical solution from a socio-scientific point of view as well as to rate the corresponding economic prospects and problems.